Finally things have settled down here on the farm, the fires have stopped though there are farms now burning the linseed (which is allowed) so dont panic if you see that happening around you if you live in the country..
I seem to have been so busy having a wall of 60ft trees removed from opposite the studio which has opened the view up and let in daylight..I had no idea how dark it was then wham daylight. The trees had become dangerous and were badly infected with a canker and had started to break, huge limbs were begining to come down..There was a stack of Hazel to be coppiced as well which had got very ungainly and bushy and it has been a huge, worrying job, I fret all day long as the tree surgeons swing around the trees weilding chainsaws, great big blokes swinging around on ropes make me nervous incase they cut the wrong bit off..
My last lesson was cancelled..my teacher was up to her neck in her farm stuff, its a busy time of year for farms getting the places put to bed for the winter, finishing up the jobs that need to be done..it's just the way it is..
Oboe-ing has suffered a tad but it'll come back quickly enough..I may have a blow through this morning..
for those of you who suffer from tension just try to relax as much as you can, no two people will stand in the same way, our bodies are unique..(mine is a work of art..
).."breathe and play" is the best piece of advice I was ever given..I don't over analyse or agonise over certain issues, they will in time rectify themselves as you play..yes of course certain things have to be addressed but I don't tie myself up in knots I just relax, breathe and play..generally in my experience things work themselves out..
, there is nothing wrong with an intitmate style of playing, not every Oboist wants to be brought to the fore..the style of playing you seem to have is perfectly suited to chamber music and has much to its appeal..Not everyone is the same and I feel you have your own style which is fine and I hope you don't feel you have to change to fit a format..I am sure you play beautifully, delicately and lightly which is a sharp contrast to some of us who blast out like reed trumpets with fingers pounding the keys..
..I think the summer school did you good, you got out there and gained some valuable advice and thoughts on your playing from some excellent and highly experienced teachers and performers..some maybe in stark contrast to what you learned at Home in Costa Rica..there is nothing wrong with that imagine yourself as a sponge and take what you learnt and combine it with what you have already learned..it all makes for a richer and fuller bank of technique and Oboe skills..I know that you had the best time and I admired your travelling so far to do this summer school..your a game girl in my opinion and more power to you sweetie..Go Kate Go Kate Go Kate..atta girl..I think my summer was spent living vicariously through yours..
, Sorry I had to cancel our duet sunday, the fires here were a nightmare, the horses took ages to sort out and the police were everywhere trying to find the perpetrators (as of yet no luck) and we are still repairing hedgerows, cutting and laying whats left trying to form boundries and filling in the gaps with temporary fencing to keep the animals safe.. I will see you at the Gloucester event and once again my apologies
Well I had better get going the two terriers (Daphne and Bim) want walking and are getting their point across by using my drawing room as a race track using the sofas and chairs as bouncing off points to go haring round the room destroying the calm and serenity as they go..its very funny but can the upholstery take much more I wonder..
Have a good day one and all..